Hi all! Lately I’ve switched from Bare Minerals loose powder foundation to liquid foundation from other brands. It’s really hard finding the correct shade since I’m very pale, have olive undertones, and some serious redness in my cheeks.
I got the L’Oreal Paris Magic Nude foundation (link here) based on a comment I read online that said it was a dupe of Urban Decay’s much, much more expensive Naked Skin foundation.
- The Magic Nude foundation applies strangely, at least to me. The bottle specifically states that you should only use your fingers to put it on — no use of brushes or sponges. I guess this is because the formula is so powdery.
- The color I chose, Light Ivory, seemed to be the lightest one they had. The color is a pretty decent match.
- My biggest problem is that my skin can be somewhat dry. This foundation shows every single tiny dry area of skin on my face, no matter if I moisturize and use a primer underneath! My second biggest issue with it is that it takes quite a bit of product to cover up the redness in my cheeks.
- All in all, I’m not a big fan of this one.
Next is Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation (found here). I think Drugstore.com just got it, because I had to buy it through Asos when I first got it (and shipping took forever). Drugstore.com seems to have a weird assortment of colors to choose from, though.
- I like the texture of this foundation. It’s not too thick, but it’s not runny like the L’Oreal product.
- The color is almost perfect for me.
- The coverage is good. It’s not too heavy, but it covers my cheek redness. Plus I can put it on with a BeautyBlender, which is my preferred method lately.
- It does have a little bit of fragrance in it, but luckily that doesn’t bother me in this product.
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation (found here) is one I obtained solely through a sample, since I didn’t want to gamble $57 on it. I always hear good things about it from “beauty gurus” on YouTube.
- Since it’s a sample, I can’t really comment on the color. I got B50, which is their medium-est of medium shades.
- The formula isn’t too thick or too thin, which is good.
- It went on very smoothly and left a really nice finish on the skin. It looked very even, even though I did a terrible, slap happy job of putting it on.
- My only complaint with this one is that it has a “green” smell to it. (That sounds crazy, I know!) It has a scent of something like freshly cut floral stems. While not unpleasant at all, my face has a thing against strong smells in foundation.
Conclusion: I’ve been trying a lot of foundations lately, but these are just the three that stood out most. I was wearing Makeup Forever’s HD foundation, but if I’m out with friends and they take photos (not like this happens often, but you know), the flash bounces off of the MUFE foundation really, really badly and I look like a crazy glowing woman next to all of the normal people. The Bourjois foundation is my favorite as of right now.